Log Day 1: Farmer Carol instructed me to watch over cornfield 295.A.19. I have authority to neutralize any fowl within 20 feet of my acre. The evening breeze is cool.

Log Day 5: No fowl activity. Neutralized a large beetle instead.

Log Day 73: Fowl flew 22 feet overhead in unauthorized airspace. Settled for burning a stalk. Will report loss to Farmer Carol when I request a larger range.

Log Day 138: Farmer Carol dragged a heavy black bag across my acre and buried it. Bigger than any bird in my database. Called me a useless scaredroid. Fowl play neutralized.


Sarah Linders is a part-time writer, part-time digital content assistant, and all-the-rest-of-the-time head of marketing for TL;DR Press. She loves to write short stories and novels in the sci-fi, urban fantasy, and speculative realms. When she’s not writing, she’s usually swimming, over-watering her succulents, or staring at her to be read pile in Kingston, Ontario.